Forgan Arts Centre was established in 1974 and is a site for the development of contemporary and traditional arts and crafts skills and knowledge. Since its conception is has provided classes and workshops, from an introductory to expert level, in ceramics, paintings, drawing, textiles, and glass. Over the decades we have seen generations of families move through our programme, from the Children’s Art Club, to masterclasses in pottery, and we are proud to have cultivated long-term, meaningful relationships with people.
In April 2022, thanks to a successful Community Asset Transfer we purchased a new premises, moving from our original schoolhouse home to a large estate called The Leng Home. The estate comprises three buildings: the main centre, The Gardener’s Cottage, and Kiln House, as well as nearly three acres of grounds including mature woodland, gardens, and allotments.
The Leng Home, historically home to the Leng Family, is a cherished community asset and heritage site. The Leng Family bequeathed the estate to the council with the stipulation it always be used by and for the community. Therefore, when the council decided to sell the estate, thanks to vocal community support, Forgan Arts Centre’s proposal was warmly welcomed. To “learn by doing” was a mantra for the Leng Family, and we think they’d be pleased to know that Forgan Arts Centre is using their estate to offer people the opportunity to do just that.
John Grant from the children’s television programme Jackanory visited Forgan Arts Centre as part of a celebration of chilren’s books.